Whether the New York Jets want to admit it or not, they have a lack of offensive talent. Signing tight end Kellen Winslow helped upgrade that position but there are still problems outside. Three months remain before regular season play begins, and uncertainty dominates this group as it did last year.
Santonio Holmes is said to be struggling with rehabbing his leg injury. When healthy, he presents New York’s most accomplished receiver. Jeremy Kerely has exciting speed and seems on the verge of emerging. Zach Rodgers is an undrafted free agent from Tennessee with a chance to contribute. Clyde Gate does not inspire much hope and Stephen Hill must improve in his second season.
Reports suggest that head coach Rex Ryan refuses to guarantee any of these players long-term job security, and some options could provide assistance.
Brandon Lloyd spent 2012 with the rival New England Patriots before his release earlier this offseason. The veteran contributed 74 receptions and four touchdowns. While he may not be the fastest, Lloyd does have solid speed and also possesses good size. If New York was able to sign him, Lloyd probably becomes target no. 1. Making a transaction would help strengthen their group while hurting New England.
Another veteran who is more of a familiar remains available. Braylon Edwards rejoined Gang Green in Week 15 last season after leaving prior to 2011. While he’s not the player he used to be, Edwards still has talent. There is a perception that chemistry with Mark Sanchez will prevent him from enjoying success with another signal caller, but either way, the Jets need to bring another playmaker in as soon as possible.